Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior

Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior

Taking a Beat Mindfully Responding to Challenging Behavior When children have communication deficits, often you’ll see them engage in other behaviors to get their needs met.  These behaviors can be unsafe or not appropriate, and often referred to as “challenging behaviors” or “problem behaviors.” When thinking about how to respond to these challenging behaviors, we […]

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Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment

Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment

Negative Reinforcement vs. Punishment The difference between negative reinforcement and punishment is often confused. When looking at reinforcement versus punishment, it’s important to understand the stimulus change and the effect on the behavior. In behavior analysis, positive and negative are used to describe the stimulus change and not the effect. In other words, positive means […]

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Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids

Spring Cleaning with Kids Looking to delegate some spring cleaning to your kids this year? Children of all ages can participate in household chores, but where should you start? Task analysis! What is Task Analysis? Task analysis is a teaching process that simplifies complex tasks (like chores) into smaller steps that are easier for children […]

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Behavior-Specific Praise

Behavior-Specific Praise

Going Past “Good Job” Praise is a simple, yet powerful tool. Behavior-Specific Praise is a form of reinforcement describing desired Behavior that is Specific to the child, through a positive Praise statement. So what is BSP? It is a positive praise statement describing a specific behavior. It’s a way to provide positive attention to appropriate […]

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How to Use Do Language

How to Use Do Language

How to Use Do Language: alternatives to “no” “stop” “don’t” In ABA therapy, we like to teach children replacement behaviors. This means teaching children what to do instead of what not to do. This can be taught through language as well, which is where “do” language comes in. These are phrases that specifically tell the […]

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Life Skills in ABA

Life Skills in ABA

Life Skills in ABA Life skills are meant to be practical and useful in a variety of real world situations. They are typically necessary for daily living and can greatly improve quality of life. There are a wide range of functional skills that we help with, some include:  Communication skills: using and understanding verbal and […]

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Mistakes are Okay!

Mistakes are Okay!

How do we teach children to tolerate making mistakes?  Making mistakes can be frustrating at all ages. It is important to teach children that everyone makes mistakes! It is part of the learning process and it is okay. The best part of making mistakes is that they serve as an opportunity to learn and grow.  […]

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